UNISON welcomes Yeovil’s decision, and urges other trusts to follow suit

Tim Lezard

pay cartelAnother NHS trust has pulled out of the South West NHS pay cartel.

The latest trust to leave the cartel is Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust which today said supports nationally negotiated terms and conditions and recognises the end of its involvement in the South West Pay Consortium’s work.

UNISON regional secretary Joanne Kaye said: “This is great news for our members and shows the success of UNISON’s ongoing campaign against regional and postcode pay.

“These are exceptionally difficult times, but with the threat of regional pay no longer hanging over members’ heads, UNISON looks forward to working with the trust to face up to the challenges they are facing as a result of the Coalition Government’s Austerity policies.

“We applaud this move by Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust, which follows hard on the heels of similar announcements by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust, and call on the other sixteen trusts still in the Pay Consortium to follow their lead.”

UNISON regional manager Lisa Youlton said: “Locally, members are delighted that the shadow of local pay has been lifted so they can get on with doing their jobs looking after patients.

“This just shows the importance of the hard-won national negotiations to ensure the future Agenda for Change (the national terms and conditions for health staff negotiated between the Trade Unions and the NHS national employers).”

UNISON area organiser Jon Dunn said: “UNISON members told us that the trust’s membership of the Pay Consortium meant staff felt betrayed and devalued. UNISON has campaigned hard on this issue. Today’s decision has boosted staff morale with our members feeling the Trust has recognised their exceptional commitment to patients, and clearly shows that the Trust recognises the value of national pay and conditions for NHS staff.”


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